what I ate today // stomach issues + easy meal ideas

First of all, I just want to say I started a YouTube channel! Check out my videos and let me know what you think: ParanoidNoAndroid (I wanted to keep this name since I will be posting a lot more than just vegan videos!)

I’ve been having stomach pains and problems for the past month. My appetite changes drastically from day to day. One day food makes me nauseous and the next I’ll be ravenous. I haven’t been cooking much and I’ve been eating a lot of rice and avocado/vegetable rolls and bean burritos. My meals have been white/beige, and very basic.

Here’s what I ate today, trying to get lots of veggies and fruits back in my diet.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries, chia seeds, peanut butter, and cinnamon.

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Lunch: DJ pre-made a bunch of sandwiches and made one for me for work today. The one I had was loaded with spinach, tomatoes, pickles, avocado, and a Hilary’s vegan sausage patty. I didn’t take a picture since I was eating it in the break room at work where there is really bad lighting, but here’s one I had the next day at home (no Hilary’s sausage, but I added some Vegan Egg by Follow Your Heart and Daiya cheddar shreds):

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Dinner: DJ made dinner for when I got home from work. ♡ He made a vegan taco pasta salad with a little bit of Vegenaise, hummus, and taco seasoning and mixed that with pasta, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and red onion. I topped my bowl with even more sun-dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper. It was SO delicious that I may even make a recipe post next time we make it, but that’s the gist of the recipe.

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That’s everything I ate today! It’s definitely more colorful than what I’ve been eating lately. I’ve noticed I mostly crave a lot of carbs and fats when I’m not feeling well, which is why I tend to eat a lot of pasta, rice and avocado. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel and leave your thoughts in the comments!

mediocre sushi // my first YouTube video

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I finally made my first YouTube video! It shows the process of how I make sushi at home. I eat sushi so much more often now than before I went vegan and it wasn’t until I went vegan that I started making it at home. It’s so easy to make and really cheap. Here’s the written recipe for the video.

I used about 1/2 cup of white rice for each roll. That’s one reason I called this mediocre sushi, I didn’t even use sushi rice.

Chickpea salad: 

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3 tbsp classic hummus
  • black pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • thyme
  • nutritional yeast

Just blend it enough so it’s all combined but still a bit chunky.

Creamy hummus sauce:

  • hummus
  • a tiny splash of water just to thin it out.

I also topped the sushi with some sriracha and sesame seeds (pro tip: add the sesame seeds after you add the sauce so they stick and don’t bounce all over the floor. Also maybe don’t drop them from above for cinematic effect either).

I grew up watching YouTube and I’ve always wanted to start posting videos of my own. I had a lot of fun editing this video and I can’t wait to post more in the future. Let me know your guys’ thoughts in the comments! ♡

Creamy tomato and chickpea pasta // easy vegan recipe

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This is a super easy recipe that I made this afternoon to try and clean out the fridge and freezer and use up some canned food we’ve had lying around for awhile.

For the sauce:

  • half a bag of frozen cauliflower (about 8 oz)
  • a can of diced tomatoes
  • lots of spices:
    • garlic powder
    • minced onions
    • nutritional yeast
    • black pepper
    • paprika
    • ground cayenne pepper
    • thyme
    • crushed red pepper
    • lemon juice
  • about a cup of almond milk.

Defrost and steam the cauliflower with some minced onion and garlic powder until it is soft. Add the soft cauliflower into a blender with a bit of almond milk (I probably used around 3/4 cup), a tbsp lemon juice, and about 2 tbsp nutritional yeast and combine until it is creamy.

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Add that back into the pan and mix it with the can of diced tomatoes and all of the spices. Once thats combined add in:

  • as much boca veggie ground crumbles as you want
  • chickpeas (I used about 3/4 of a can)
  • a few handfuls of spinach

Mix all that together and let it simmer. I added some more milk to thin it out while the veggie crumbles cooked.

Finally I boiled the pasta (we had angel hair pasta) and combined it with the sauce and that’s it! It was super easy and turned out really tasty.

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Vegan Travel Log // Michigan

We left for Michigan from Dallas a few weeks ago. This is the first time we’ve been in Michigan since we’ve both been vegan, so I was pretty nervous. Turns out, it was extremely easy and there were tons of delicious options for us.

Saturday:

At the Dallas / Fort Worth Airport we were running short on time for breakfast and options were scarce near our terminal so we stopped at a Blimpie. We both got a sub with all the veggies and mustard on white italian bread.

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We landed in Michigan a few hours later. Our first stop was at Tim Horton’s. I’m from Buffalo, NY so we used to get our coffee from Tim Horton’s, not Starbucks. I got a plain pretzel bagel and some coffee.

That night we met up with some family and ate at the Blaze Pizza in Auburn Hills for dinner since it was close to the hotel. There’s one about 40 minutes from where we live in Texas and we’ve only been there once, but we really enjoyed it and hoped the family we were with would too. We ordered a vegan pizza to split between DJ and I and a side salad (I love the build your own salad option Blaze offers!). We topped the pizza with vegan cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and onions. This is a terrible sneaky picture of our food because I was super embarrassed taking photos of my food in front of people I didn’t know yet.

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Sunday: (the wedding!)

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We came here for a wedding, so I figured I would also show the makeup I used. Everything is cruelty free from the brand Wet N’ Wild. It is super affordable makeup that I think looks really nice. I used the photofocus foundation in shell ivory, the coloricon blush in mellow wine (that broke in my suitcase on the way back home), the megaglo highlighter in “When the nude strikes”, their black eyeliner pencil, and their retractable brow pencil in ash brown. I never wear lipstick so I forgot to include it in the picture (it was still in my bag from the wedding) but that was also from Wet N’ Wild in the shade Wine Room.

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We had a bit of food at the wedding (lots of beans, veggies, and potatoes) and that night we drove 3 1/2 hours east to Beulah, MI. We stopped at a Wendy’s for dinner and I ate some fries and the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (without the chicken, pecans, and the bleu cheese).

The wedding venue was really neat, there was a small room under the pond outside that made for some cool photos.

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Monday: 

Oatmeal for breakfast:
Instant oatmeal has been a lifesaver for when we go away. Hotel buffet breakfasts don’t usually have much we can eat, if anything at all, so we always go to the closest grocery store (usually a Walmart) on our first day and pick up prepackaged oatmeal and Lenny and Larry’s cookies. Hotels will always have hot water near the coffee in the lobby, so adding it to a bowl and mixing it with some oatmeal and bananas or other fruit is such a quick and easy breakfast. Lenny and Larry’s cookies are also a good snack to have on hand because they are so filling.

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For lunch we stopped by a restaurant in the city of Empire called Joe’s Friendly Tavern. They had a plant-based burger, and we were told the buns are vegan. This was another sneaky shot out of embarrassment of photographing my food.

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Tuesday:

For breakfast DJ and I ate at the Crescent Bakery and Cafe in Frankfort. The Vegan Panini and the Veganlicious were so good! There were tons of options here and they even had oatmeal raisin cookies too.

We wanted to stay in Frankfort for dinner and found the Stormcloud Brewing Company. They have flatbread pizzas that can be made vegan, the pretzel bites are vegan (the cheese it comes with obviously is not), and some delicious hummus with veggies. We split the Caprese flatbread with vegan cheese but without the pesto (the pesto is not vegan) and the hummus and veggies.

Wednesday:

We had a long travel day ahead of us, from Traverse City to Detroit then finally home. We had a three hour layover in the Detroit airport so we had a nice dinner at Mezza Mediterranean Grille. We highly recommend eating here if you’re at the airport, especially if you’re stuck there like we were. The vegan options are clearly marked and the staff was extremely nice. We split the Mezza starter which includes hummus, baba ghannooj, and tabbouli, and we both ordered a falafel wrap. We can’t recommend this enough, it was so tasty.

Those are some of our highlights from our short time in Michigan. We’re going back in September for another wedding so there will be a part two coming soon. We didn’t think there would be so many options, and there are many more places we want to try when we go back.

what I ate on my birthday // vegan

My birthday was a few weeks ago, but I wanted to highlight some of the amazing meals I had that week.

On the night before my birthday we went out to Spiral Diner for dinner. I tried one of the Blue Plate specials that I had been wanting to try all month: the Buffalo Mac Doggy. I hadn’t had a hot dog in such a long time, plus it was my first time trying the Beyond Sausage from Beyond Meat. I highly recommend trying it out, it tasted just like sausage. We also had the spicy buffalo chik’n nachos for an appetizer.

For breakfast on my birthday I made myself a feast. I had some scrambled tofu with daiya cheese, avocado slices, and a Hilary’s veggie sausage patty on a mini bagel. I had to work that day so I wanted to treat myself.

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During my lunch break we went out for sushi. I had two avocado rolls with a side of rice noodles that I poured sriracha all over after I took this picture.

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And for dinner that night I ate my leftovers from the night before (the beyond sausage plus the mac and cheese was so filling!).

Later that week my family and I had a veganized version of a family tradition plus an amazing vegan birthday cake.

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I wanted to document all the treats that I ate on my birthday to show that anything can be veganized and you don’t have to miss out on your favorite foods on a vegan diet, especially on your birthday.